Rāhina 12 o Whiringa ā rangi, Monday 12 November

Teachers strike: What you need to know

It’s the first day of a rolling nationwide strike set for this week, and it’s estimated around 320 schools will be closed in the Auckland region.

Primary school teachers on strike again today

More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year.

Last-ditch negotiations last week which yielded an improved pay offer from the Ministry of Education was not enough to avert the industrial action, which follows a national strike in August, and the rejection of a second offer last month.

Primary teachers and principals confirm nationwide strike after facilitation talks fail

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), which represents about 30,000 primary teachers and principals, confirmed on Friday that members across the country would go on a week-long rolling strike starting Monday.

Local schooling or parent choice? Number of schools with zones hits a record high

The Ministry of Education says zoning is the only means it has to balance access for local children, population changes and choice in education.

‘No qualifications required’ campaign runs out of steam

A push by businesses to persuade people they don’t need a degree to get ahead has lost some momentum, Trade Me admits.

Play-based school, with lessons in pesto making and kart-building, looks to expand

There is no school bell or roll call at Ako, a nature and play-based primary school in Auckland. Parents drop their children off between 9am and 10am and a handful of students start the day with a game of ultimate hide-and-seek.

 

Media releases

New chair and four other appointments to NZQA Board

NZGovt: “I am delighted with these appointments. They provide an excellent mix of continuity of experience, and new ideas and perspectives,” Chris Hipkins said.

Critical research being funded via Marsden Fund

NZGovt: New Zealand’s top researchers will be able to investigate critical issues and build knowledge across the board supported by $85.64 million over the next three years through the 2018 Marsden Fund round, announced by Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods.

Business Council to focus on skills, investment and regions to drive more growth

NZGovt: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Business Advisory Council Chair Christopher Luxon have announced the four priority areas the Council will provide the Coalition Government with advice and support as it works on building a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy that improves the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

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